Protecting Your Western MA Oil Tank during Spring and Summer

As the weather continues to get warmer, it’s important to remember that your oil tank still needs maintenance during the summer. A well-maintained heating oil tank is important for keeping your Western Massachusetts heating system working properly. Below are six tips we have for taking care of your oil tank during the warmer months.

Fill up Your MA Heating Oil Storage Tank

Filling your fuel tank is the best way to prevent damage during the summer. A full tank has less space for harmful moisture and condensation to collect through the months the tanks are less used. Filling your oil tank also reduces the risk of leaks and property damage. You can also potentially save with off-season pricing. Finally, don’t forget to always order from so you know you’re getting high-quality fuel oil at a low price from a trusted local supplier.

Reduce Your Risks of Tank Rusting and Condensation

One of the best ways to make sure your tank is in good condition is to regularly inspect it for cracks, leaks, and other visible damage. As spring brings warmer temperatures, an empty tank will draw moisture from the atmosphere, which will form as condensation inside your tank. If liquid is allowed to gather, it may mix with air and contribute to internal corrosion. This in turn can cause damage, necessitating repairs or even full replacement of your tank if permitted to sit for an extended period.

Keep Your Tank Clean and Accessible

It’s good practice to keep flammable items such as wrapping paper, clothing, and boxes far away from your home heating equipment. Aside from promoting your own safety, your oil technicians will be able to get clear visibility and access to the tank for your annual safety inspection and tune-up.

Inspect Your Fuel Oil Storage Tank Regularly

Inspect the indoor portion and the outdoor portion of your home heating oil storage unit, from the tank itself to the vent and fill pipes outside. When you visually inspect the tank itself, pay special attention to the lower half of the oil tank as any leaks that begin here need to address quickly. When searching for damage outside, remove any debris or dirt from the fill and vent pipes.

Plan for an Annual Heating System Tune-Up

During our precision annual heating system tune-up, a professional technician will always inspect your oil tank as part of this service to see any signs of potential damage.

Be Proactive in the Safety of Your Property

Oil is a safe fuel choice, but you can never be too careful when it comes to your home and family. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call right away. Since there is usually lower demand for professionals to come out and look at heating oil tanks over the warmer months, summer is the perfect time to take care of some much-needed maintenance. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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